Elementary teachers talking strategy, strike vote at meetings today

Union Members to Hone in On Priorities At Tuesday Meeting

Fresh off one potential school-related strike, another comes on the horizon.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says members, including those from Simcoe County, will hold a member’s meeting today, with a central strike vote expected.

“ETFO’s goal is to reach an agreement at the central bargaining table without having to take job action,” said ETFO provincial President Sam Hammond. “We are committed to continuing negotiations until a fair and reasonable collective agreement can be reached that protects and improves the learning and working conditions in public elementary schools in Ontario.”

Elementary and occasional teachers, along with early childhood educators will discuss central bargaining issues, with priorities that include more support for students with special needs, maintaining Kindergarten, as well as class sizes and class structure, and fair, transparent hiring practices.

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A CUPE strike was averted a week ago when the union reached a tentative deal with the province.